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The Resource The moral lives of animals, Dale Peterson

The moral lives of animals, Dale Peterson

Label
The moral lives of animals
Title
The moral lives of animals
Statement of responsibility
Dale Peterson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This book is an exploration of what morality means, and what animals can teach us about it. Wild elephants walking along a trail stop and spontaneously try to protect and assist a weak and dying fellow elephant. Laboratory rats, finding other rats caged nearby in distressing circumstances, proceed to rescue them. A chimpanzee in a zoo loses his own life trying to save an unrelated infant who has fallen into a watery moat. The examples above and many others, argues the author, show that our fellow creatures have powerful impulses toward cooperation, generosity, and fairness, even morality. Yet it is commonly held that we Homo sapiens are the only animals with a moral sense, that we are somehow above and apart from "the animals." This book forces us to reexamine what the author calls our "Darwinian narcissism", and it shows the profound connections, the moral continuum, that link humans to many other species. The author shows how much animal behavior follows principles embodied in humanity's ancient moral codes, from the Old Testament rules as expressed in the Ten Commandments to the New Testament principles of attachment through cooperation, kindness, and empathy. Understanding the moral lives of animals offers new insight into our own.--From book jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Peterson, Dale
Dewey number
156
Index
no index present
LC call number
QL785
LC item number
.P375 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Animal psychology
  • Animal behavior
  • Ethics
  • Moral motivation
Label
The moral lives of animals, Dale Peterson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [309]-331)
Contents
pt. 1. Where does morality come from? : concepts. Words ; Orientations ; Definitions ; Structures -- pt. 2. What is morality? : the rules. Authority ; Violence ; Sex ; Possession ; Communication -- pt. 3. What is morality? : the attachments. Cooperation ; Kindness -- pt. 4. Where is morality going? : assessments. Duality ; Flexibility ; Peace
Control code
ocn613431978
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
viii, 342 p.
Isbn
9781596914247
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2010024662
System control number
(OCoLC)613431978
Label
The moral lives of animals, Dale Peterson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [309]-331)
Contents
pt. 1. Where does morality come from? : concepts. Words ; Orientations ; Definitions ; Structures -- pt. 2. What is morality? : the rules. Authority ; Violence ; Sex ; Possession ; Communication -- pt. 3. What is morality? : the attachments. Cooperation ; Kindness -- pt. 4. Where is morality going? : assessments. Duality ; Flexibility ; Peace
Control code
ocn613431978
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
viii, 342 p.
Isbn
9781596914247
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2010024662
System control number
(OCoLC)613431978

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